Brighton shatters Gunners title hopes, beats them 3-0
The Seagulls win 3-0 at the Emirates to surely end Gunners' EPL title hopes
The 6th-placed in the EPL points table Brighton stunned the second-placed Arsenal with an iron fist thanks to goals from Enciso, Undav and Estupiñán. The Seagulls defeated the Gunners by 3-0, eventually increasing the gap between them and the Citizens in the EPL title race. City, who beat Everton(3-0), is one victory away from being the Premier League champion.
If Arsenal draws on Saturday against Nottingham, City would be the virtual champion before the 'citizens' play against Chelsea. If they lose, Guardiola's men would be mathematically champions. This is a painful defeat for Arsenal because they have to surrender the top position to the Citizens. The match started with Arsenal in control of the game, they made quick attacks and created some good chances.
However, the Gunners failed to capitalize on their chances and conceded a goal in the 51st minute when Enciso tore through the Arsenal defense and gave Seagulls the lead. After conceding a goal, Arteta's men looked unstable and had difficulty creating opportunities. They didn't seem to have the energy and enthusiasm to reply to the goals they received.
De Zerbi's men took advantage of this moment and strengthened their defense, making it difficult for Arsenal to penetrate their defense. In the 86th minute, BRI managed to double their lead after Brighton's Undav scored the second goal for his team. Arsenal tried to reduce their deficit, but Brighton managed to keep their guard up and avoid conceding.
Then at the end of the second half, the Seagulls squad again scored a third goal in the 90+6th minute through Estupiñán which made Arsenal's defeat even more bitter. ARS looked to hit back with a goal, but Brighton was too strong in defense and snatched a 3-0 win over the Gunners. With this defeat, Arsenal dropped to second place in the EPL standings and was overtaken by the Citizens at the top of the standings.
This was Arsenal's second defeat at home this season, and they will have to work hard to restore confidence and get back to winning ways.
Overall, the game between Arsenal and Brighton was an interesting one with lots of interesting chances and goals. However, Brighton managed to take their chances and appeared stronger in defence, so they deserved a win over Arsenal.
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